2020 Bayside Council Election - Responses to Candidate Questionnaire

We sent a questionnaire to every candidate for the 2020 Bayside Council election who provided contact details to the Victorian Electoral Commission (61 out of 66). We asked about issues we think are important for our community. It is not our intention to dictate to anyone how they should vote in the Council election, and we will not be endorsing any candidates. Rather, we want you to be well informed when you exercise your vote.

The Little Wattlebird

Little Wattlebirds are the first to wake and last to roost in our neighbourhood. Their unique range of calls are varied, loud and constant, with some of the stranger, harsh grating noises very unbirdlike. A Japanese visitor enquired about the strange noisy animals that woke him on his first morning in Australia. Upon being shown a Little Wattlebird in full voice he could not believe a bird, especially one that small, was responsible.

Out of the Woodwork



Rob was overwhelmed by the support when a call went out on our member newsletter.

There was an immediate response to help make a large number of bird boxes to support an order from a group wishing to enhance habitat in people’s gardens. We had more offers of time and talent than boxes pre-cut ready to assemble and paint.

How to Make a Bat Box

A great exercise for communities getting together to support our wildlife.

Depending on access to tools, spare parts and experience please allow two hours for this project.


Can be found for free or are available to most resourceful enthusiasts.

One possibly two fence palings. Recycled palings are fine: un-split, de-nailed, with no stains or paint at least on one side of each paling. Hardwood palings preferred, certainly not treated pine palings.  1 x Back plate - 650mm; 3 x 450mm (2 side walls and 1 front plate)

Microbats and bat boxes

A recent article caught my attention in the Australasian Bat Society (ABS) Newsletter, Number 43, Late 2014 by Robert Bender, Stephen Griffiths and Lindy Lumsden titled Bats breeding in Melbourne roost boxes. The Batting4Bayside project in Bayside is busy making bat boxes and planning to monitor them as our local residents put the bat boxes up in their own gardens. The three species mentioned in the article have all been identified from Bayside too.

Microbats and Time of Night

What is the best time of night for microbats?

We have analysed a lot of Anabat data since our last update for the Batting4Bayside project. With the help of many of you, we have also collected a lot more data.

So far this project has collected over 12,000 data files for analysis, about one third of which has not yet been analysed. Of the two thirds that has been analysed, roughly 2,500 files contain recognisable bat calls.

One of the questions we had about our microbats relates to when they are most likely to be out and about.